The Centre for Astrophysics Research at the University of Hertfordshire invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to work with Dr James Geach (University of Hertfordshire) and Prof Desika Narayanan (University of Florida) to develop the most realistic hydrodynamic zoom simulations and synthetic observations of high redshift dusty star-forming galaxies to date. The project will involve running new high-resolution 'zoom' simulations, developing a sophisticated radiative transfer code to predict key observables (particularly dust and line emission in the FIR-mm), and generating an atlas of realistic 'observations' for key facilities such as ALMA, HST, ELT and JWST.
A central goal of the project will be to directly compare model predictions with the latest observations from ALMA in a direct manner, with a view to a better understanding of how ‘workhorse’ observational tracers of the cool-cold ISM actually link to the underlying astrophysics of star formation and black hole growth in early galaxies.
The post is funded by the Royal Society, providing 2.5 years of support. The starting salary is expected to be £33,199 per annum, incrementing annually. We expect the post to start in early 2019, but this is negotiable.
The Centre for Astrophysics Research is one of the larger astrophysics research groups in the UK, with research activities covering cosmology, galaxy evolution, star formation and exoplanets. The University of Hertfordshire is located in Hatfield, approximately 25 minutes by train from London.
Applicants must hold a PhD in physics, astronomy, or other relevant area or must have been approved for the award of such a PhD before taking up the position. The candidate will have excellent computing and coding skills, preferably with fluency in Python. Some experience with hydrodynamic simulation codes and/or interferometric data is desirable, but not essential.
Applications should be submitted online, and should be accompanied by PDF versions of a CV, a list of publications, a summary of previous research (not exceeding two sides of A4 paper), and the contact details of two referees willing to write on your behalf.
Optional pension contributions are included in the salary package. The UK has a state-funded national health service that is free at the point of use.
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